Canada rolls along
Canada rolls along
Swiss overwhelmed to the tune of 13-0
Canada outshot Switzerland, 79-16.
Perhaps the bigger story this night was the absence of three players from the game. Swiss coach Rene Kammerer opted to rest goalie Florence Schelling, starting Sophie Anthamatten instead. Although the move was counter-intuitive, Anthamaten was excellent and kept the score even remotely close.
For Canada, captain Hayley Wickenehiser and power forward Caroline Ouellette were both scratches after suffering injuries in the team’s first game. Jayna Hefford acted as caption tonight.
"Those two are a big part of our team and we were playing for them tonight," Poulin said. "A couple of players scored great goals for us. We had a meeting with the coaches, talking about taking care of the details, and that’s what we did tonight. We got a lot of shots on net."
Poulin joins Danielle Goyette, Angela James, and Laura Schuler as the only Canadians to score four goals in a Women's Worlds game.
"It’s always an honour," Hefford said of her captaincy. "To be recognized as a leader by the team is nice, but we have so many leaders on this team it doesn’t change a lot."
Canada hammered 28 shots at Anthamatten in the opening 20 minutes, scoring the only two goals. Jennifer Wakefield opened the scoring at 4:40 when she barrelled down the left wing. She was stopped by Anthamatten but picked up her own rebound and flicked it in the open side.
Eight minutes later, Marie-Philip Poulin made it 2-0 on a goalscorer’s play. She carried the puck in over the blue line, outwaited the defence as she moved into the slot, and snapped a great shot over the goalie’s shoulder.Continue reading
While the first might have been close on the scoreboard, the second wasn’t. Canada pummelled the Swiss to the tune of six more goals of all shapes and sizes. There was Rebecca Johnston’s wicked wrister on a power-play screen; a short-handed beauty from Hefford; a highlight-reel gem from Brianne Jenner, to name but half the period’s tallies.
Canada finishes preliminary-round play with a game against Finland on Friday while the Swiss play the Americans earlier that day.
"It’s always tough," Hefford said of playing such a lop-sided game. "The challenge is to make sure we don’t get into bad habits. It’s easy to take long shifts or do things that won’t help us down the road. We had to stay disciplined and do the little things well."
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